New Black Knight commit has Army roots

Army's newest commitment is Troy Smith out of Harker Heights High School in central Texas. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound quarterback just started hearing from Army last week and soon received his first D-1 offer.

Once he talked things over with his parents, both retired Army veterans, he was ready to give the Black Knight coaches the affirmative. Smith and his head coach, Jerry Edwards, spoke with ArmySports.com on his commitment.

"It started out about a week ago when Coach Kevin Corless came directly to my school," Smith said. "Then, on Monday of this week, Coach Todd Spencer came. He actually said how much he loved the way I run the football. When he watched me practice, he said he was equally impressed with my throwing. He thought that I would be a perfect fit at West Point with my game as well as my personality.

"I always thought of going into the military as a secondary option if I didn't go to college, but I see this as such a blessing. My mother is rejoicing. My father and I are planning a trip (to West Point) for the 28th of June. It's such a great opportunity to receive an outstanding education, serve my country, and play for a great team. I couldn't turn it down."

Jerry Edwards took over the Harker Heights program just last season. He believes that Army is going to be getting a "phenomenal athlete" in Smith.

"First of all, Troy's a great kid," Coach Edwards said. "I think he's going to fit in very well at West Point. Hes a good, well disciplined kid. On the field, he's lightening fast. He's able to find a different gear when it matters. He has a rocket arm with a quick release. Troy's the real deal.

"Our players are drawn to Troy. He's kind of a quieter kid, but he leads well by example. He's from a good family with two great parents."

Smith also plays basketball and track for Harker Heights. Both Edwards and Smith feel the Knights will be much improved coming off a 2-8 season in 2013.


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